Short story writer, novelist and essayist Josip Novakovich returns with his first collection of stories since being named a finalist for the prestigious 2013 Man Booker International prize. In Ex-Yu, he explores the major themes of war and exile, of religiosity and existentialism, that have defined his fiction and earned him a place among the pantheon of international writers addressing contemporary literature's most pressing questions. Masterpieces such "Honey in the Carcase", "White Mustache", and "Acorns", unflinching in their humanity and realism, take us into the brutal despair of the Bosnian War. At the other end of Novakovich's wide-ranging talents, we find fiercely imaginative stories that present an altogether different angle into the author's philosophy of alienation. In between, dry humour and world-weary wisdom infuse such exile preoccupations as soccer, terrorism, and cigarettes. Taken together, this latest collection comprises a bravely intelligent mosaic of what it means to be torn from one's country and one's self.
About the author
Josip Novakovich moved from Croatia to the U.S. at the age of twenty. He has published a novel, April Fool`s Day, three story collections (Infidelities: Stories of War and Lust, Yolk, and Salvation and Other Disasters) and two collections of narrative essays as well as two books of practical criticism, including Fiction Writers Workshop. His work was anthologized in Best American Poetry, the Pushcart Prize collection, and O. Henry Prize Stories. He has received the Whiting Writer`s Award, a Guggenheim fellowship, two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, the Ingram Merrill Award, and an American Book Award, and he has been a writing fellow of the New York Public Library. He has taught at Bard, Die Freie Universitaet in Berlin, Penn State, and now, Concordia University in Montreal.
Praise for Josip Novakovich:
"There are very few native-born English speakers who write as well." -Tibor Fischer, The Guardian
Praise for April Fool's Day
"Novakovich knows how to tell a story, and his prose has an easy, elegant velocity. -Maud Casey, New York Times
Praise for Shopping for a Better Country:
"One of the most forceful and original essayists in the English language." -Nathan Deuel, Los Angeles Review of Books
Praise for Salvation and Other Stories
"First-rate fiction, from one of the best short-story writers of the decade." -Kirkus Reviews